Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr., April 16, 1947) is a retired American professional basketball player. He is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, with 38,387 points. During his career with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers from 1969-1989, Abdul-Jabbar won 6 championships and a record 6 regular season MVP awards.
Abdul-Jabbar announced he had a rare, but treatable form of leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia
When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the game in 1989 at age 42, no NBA player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more Most Valuable Player Awards, played in more All-Star Games or logged more seasons.
When I got to the pro ranks, I understood what I wanted to try and do at both ends of the court. I was in shape and I tried to maintain that and a professional attitude throughout my career.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed Abdul-Jabbar a cultural ambassador on behalf of the department. In the role, he will travel the world and talk "with young people on the importance of education, social and racial tolerance, cultural understanding, and using sports as a means of empowerment,"
Abdul-Jabbar said: "I am highly offended by the total lack of acknowledgement of my contribution to Laker success. I guess being the lynchpin for five world championships is not considered significant enough in terms of being part of Laker history."
With Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson, the Lakers went 60-22 in the 1979-80 regular season. Abdul-Jabbar won a record sixth Most Valuable Player Award, averaging 24.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game.
Playing for UCLA from 1965 to 1969, Abdul-Jabbar became one of the country’s top college players. He helped his team to win three national championships from 1967 to 1969
It should stay intact for a while because players get paid so much these days, none of them stay around. I played until I was 42.
Many fans were outraged. Abdul-Jabbar, moody and aloof before, became virtually unapproachable after the adverse publicity. But it didn't bother his performance as he won his second straight MVP, averaging a league-high 34.8 points.
He was named Rookie of the Year in 1970. The next year he led his team to victory in the 1971 NBA championships. Also that year, he changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which means "noble, powerful servant," as a part of his conversion to the Islamic faith.
"If they say the numbers don't lie, then Kareem is the greatest ever to play the game," Thomas said. "And I'm a big proponent of that. … No disrespect to Jordan, but he won in the '90s. And if the '80s are the golden era, then the person who dominated the NBA in the '80s and the '70s was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar."
To date, he is the only athlete to be named the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player three times.
During his 20-year career, Abdul-Jabbar won a record six Most Valuable Player Awards. He's the NBA's all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points.
So I started shooting it... I played against the older kids all the time. And that was the only shot I could use that didn't get smashed back in my face. So I realized the value of it really early in life. And by the time I started high school, it was second nature to me... It was very difficult for people to guard me, because I was ambidextrous.
as early as fifth grade was developing the soaring "sky hook" that would become his signature shot on the basketball court.
An all-around player, Abdul-Jabbar brought grace, agility, and versatility to the center position, which had previously been characterized solely by power and size.